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The by-product is sometimes more valuable than the product.
 

The family only represents one aspect, however important an aspect, of a human being's functions and activities. A life is beautiful and ideal or the reverse, only when we have taken into our consideration the social as well as the family relationship.
[Activities]
 

The greatest task before civilization at present is to make machines what they ought to be, the slaves, instead of the masters of men.
 

The husband - by primitive instinct partly, certainly by ancient tradition - regards himself as the active partner in matters of love and his own pleasure as legitimately the prime motive for activity.
[Active]
 

The mathematician has reached the highest rung on the ladder of human thought.
 

The more rapidly a civilization progresses, the sooner it dies for another to rise in its place.
 

The omnipresent process of sex, as it is woven into the whole texture of our man's or woman's body, is the pattern of all the process of our life.
 

The parents have not only to train their children: it is of at least equal importance that they should train themselves.
 

The place where optimism flourishes most is the lunatic asylum.
 

The prevalence of suicide, without doubt, is a test of height in civilization; it means that the population is winding up its nervous and intellectual system to the utmost point of tension and that sometimes it snaps.
 

The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a Wilderness.
 

The relation of the individual person to the species he belongs to is the most intimate of all relations.
 

The romantic embrace can only be compared with music and with prayer.
 

The sanitary and mechanical age we are now entering makes up for the mercy it grants to our sense of smell by the ferocity with which it assails our sense of hearing.
 

The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago, had they happened to be within reach of predatory human hands.
[Nature]
 

There has never been any country at every moment so virtuous and so wise that it has not sometimes needed to be saved from itself.
 

There is a very intimate connection between hypnotic phenomena and religion.
 

There is nothing that war has ever achieved that we could not better achieve without it.
[War]
 

Thinking in its lower grades, is comparable to paper money, and in its higher forms it is a kind of poetry.
 

To be a leader of men one must turn one's back on men.
 


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